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Old 04-23-2010, 09:18 AM   #29
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Completed the center cabinet over the dinette over the weekend. I also got started on the bolt on railing for the bunk bed!
I love the bunk!
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Old 04-23-2010, 12:56 PM   #30
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great job David ... someone's been busy!

what do the switches on the switch panel control - is that essentially your circuit breaker?
i like your idea of one central spot for all switches - like a boat panel.

well done!
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:25 PM   #31
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great job David ... someone's been busy!

what do the switches on the switch panel control - is that essentially your circuit breaker?
i like your idea of one central spot for all switches - like a boat panel.

well done!
Thank you!

You know I like having all of my controls in one location. The panel under the sink as you see in the picture is not yet completed. I have since also added an analog battery meter gage. The black switch on the right when pushed activates the meter. The first switch on the far left, sends power to a heavy duty solenoid style relay (Also mounted below the panel). This in turn closes the circuit to my power inverter. The inverter is connected directly to the battery via 10AWG Wire through this relay. The inverter is permanently mounted directly behind the switch panel. On the left side of the sink cabinet is the power center. This particular unit has a smart charge controller, 3 120V 15A Breakers and 4 12V 25A Fused Circuits. There is an LED indicator light for each fuse that will come on if a fuse blows. The converter charger is also 25A contentious run. And optimise's between charging and loads if there is heavy draw. The second switch from the left is for the water pump. Third is for my DVD/TV unit. (This unit draws power even when turned off so I like to have it on a switch. The Forth white switch is for future expansion.

The four 12V circuits built into the charge controller are wired this way. #1 25A is the charging circuit to the battery. This is also the feed back circuit to power everything else from the battery (Power can go both ways on it). #2 #3 & #4 cannot draw power. These will be supplied current either from the battery through #1 or from the power converter, or if the load is significant the controller can use the battery to boost its own output, if the the combined concurrent demand on #2 #3 & #4 is greater than 25A. Of course this will deplete the battery if it is sustained. And total combined current draw cannot exceed a total of 50A This will cause #1 fuse to blow and the overload breaker built into the controller to trip. This is why I have my inverter fed from the battery. As a fail safe if something was to short, the main fuse would blow causing the relay to open. This would prevent the inverter from being damaged in the event of a short in one of the other circuits. The inverter also has an inline fuse in its wire from the battery (30A). Circuit # 2 powers lights and cabin accessories. # 3 Is connected directly to the 3way Fridge. #4 at this time powers only the water pump and the furnace.

Because this is a work in progress and we actively use our trailer almost weekly in the summer months. The tendency is for me to make changes to the system all the time. I am not sure if this the best way to run things, but so far this configuration works well for me. I have not had any electrical issues thus far. And the WFCO brand controller I bought on Ebay works very well. I am still going to add an Amp meter and maybe some solar equipment. Once I have it all locked down as to how I will leave it configured I will label all the switches.

There are a couple pictures of the power center in the slide show. Hope this answered your questions!

Thank you again!
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:56 PM   #32
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I am new to FGRV but I have been working on my 13' for a little over a year now. I have dun alot of additions, and have plans for a complete restoration.
How did you glue the carpet to the front curved walls? I am trying to do the same but I can't get it to stay?
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:21 PM   #33
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How did you glue the carpet to the front curved walls? I am trying to do the same but I can't get it to stay?
Joe, have you read Robert Johans excellent write up about his 1982 Perris Pacer Renovation, especially this post: Post about gluing the Reflectix to the shell.
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:59 PM   #34
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Joe, have you read Robert Johans excellent write up about his 1982 Perris Pacer Renovation, especially this post: Post about gluing the Reflectix to the shell.
I am just nervous that that 3M spray won't hold?
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:09 AM   #35
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I am just nervous that that 3M spray won't hold?
We used the 3M Spray Can contact cement. So far it is working great. You have to use it liberally. Nice thick coating on the wall, and on the back of the carpet. Let it setup till it is nice and tacky, then press it on hard. I found doing small portions at a time worked better as it was easier to keep the presser on it. I don't remember what the number on the can was but it was a green can.

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I am just nervous that that 3M spray won't hold?

Joe,

I used 3M 90 for my wall coverings. BUT, I did not use "carpet" on the walls. I found an interesting and durable wall covering called "cabinet lining." I'm guessing carpet could be kinda heavy... But if you coat both surfaces well and evenly, this stuff really sticks.
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David,
wow ... you have really taken the electrical layout to a whole new level! i think your Scamp is wired better than my condo!
i will be doing something similar very soon. for now everything works well, its just old and i would rather redo the electrical while all is well than have it ultimately fail on me during a trip.

i am also planning adding a shower to my bathroom mod. i looked at a few hot water heaters and would really like to know what you ended up using, and how you did it. once i get going on that project, i'll be in touch!

since you are in the Pac NW and we are thinking of a trip north to Vancouver Island .... i might have to stop by with my UHaul and ask for some advice!


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David, I really like your overhead cabinets. Did you make the fiberglass ones on the side walls? Also, could you describe how you attached them (both wood and fiberglass ones) to the wall and ceiling? I would like to try something similar in my Burro. Thanks, Bob
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wow ... you have really taken the electrical layout to a whole new level! i think your Scamp is wired better than my condo!
i will be doing something similar very soon. for now everything works well, its just old and i would rather redo the electrical while all is well than have it ultimately fail on me during a trip.

i am also planning adding a shower to my bathroom mod. i looked at a few hot water heaters and would really like to know what you ended up using, and how you did it. once i get going on that project, i'll be in touch!

since you are in the Pac NW and we are thinking of a trip north to Vancouver Island .... i might have to stop by with my UHaul and ask for some advice!
Thank you!

I am interested in knowing more about your shower mod. Sounds like a fun project! You are welcome to ask questions anytime! The water heater installation was a big undertaking but it was worth it. I wold be happy to share photos and help you with it..

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David, I really like your overhead cabinets. Did you make the fiberglass ones on the side walls? Also, could you describe how you attached them (both wood and fiberglass ones) to the wall and ceiling? I would like to try something similar in my Burro. Thanks, Bob

I would be happy to help you out with that. The white side cabinets are actually made from wood. I prepped and painted with appliance Epoxy paint. Looks just like fiberglass There is an entire thread on those cabinets. I had a lot of help from other patrons of FGRV. Here is a link to that thread!

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...hl=David+Morgan

There are some other good ideas on this subject in there as well.. But feel free to ask questions.

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Is there any kind of database that I can lookup serial numbers on axles? I just realized that my axle is in fact welded to the frame. It does not look like a factory job. But it does look professional. I am curious as to if it had been replaced how old it is!


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Is it a Dexter axle ? Usually they come with a sticker mentionning when they were made, well, at least my previous one did...

I'm interested about your New Fridge LPG/12V/110, which one did you get. From where and how much did you get it for ? What new furnace do you want to get ?
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